Filed under: Academia, Neuroscience | Tags: neural network, Programming, python, simulation
I’m part of a small group working on a new scientific endeavour, and we need your help!
We’re writing a new piece of software to simulate the behaviour of networks of neurons (nerve cells in the brain). Well, we’ve solved the differential equations, worked out the technical problems, written the code, but now we’re stuck. We’ve hit a barrier, our own CDD (creativity deficit disorder).
We need a name.
And it needs to be so damned snappy that as soon as someone hears it they’ll want to download our software and stop using the competition (with names like Neuron, XPP and Nest).
So can you help? Your scientific community needs you!
Boring technical details follow for those who are interested (not necessary for thinking up a cool name): The software is going to be written in Python, with some bits possibly in C++, using SciPy and vectorised code for efficient computations. The emphasis is on the code being easy to use for people without much experience in programming, and easy to extend. Initially, the software will focus on networks of simple model neurons rather than detailed anatomical models (although we might get round to adding that later).